Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fabric of Memory is on the move..

This quilt is one of two I donated to the Heart Mountain Foundation.  Total there are 22 quilts donated by 17 artist.  Our 1st stop is the Crazy Mountain Museum in Big Timber, Montana.  They hope to have it up and showing for the museums opening Memorial weekend.   Below is my 2nd quilt in this exhibit.   A window into  the Japanese Americans, interned, yet trying to make a hard situation have some "normal" life to it.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Junk Journal for John and Emily

 I had to wait on "show and tell" for this.  I made it for Emily and John as a wedding gift.  The pages are fun,  and I will add another photo of a page or 2 later,  I added pockets, some with fabric, vinyl, paper, and envelopes.  I also added some fun, and very funny journals, and letters, schoolwork that John did in grade and middle school.  

Friday, April 28, 2017

John and Emily's Family Tree

I can show and tell this quilt now, this gift is now living in Alaska.   I designed this quilt for my son and his now wife.  I had been tossing around the idea of making my own.  Just so happens that Emily thought it would be wonderful, so I made it for her and John.   It was not as easy to make as I thought,  I probably spent a full 2 weeks just doing this tree.  I made a lot of mistakes, and when I put the leaves on with the names I managed to mess those up as well.  I am not sure about how I placed the family on the tree but it works for me,   I added the beads as a color coding to how they each individual is related to John or Emily and now both.  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wild Horses

The horse is totally thread painted,  I really like this quilt.  I gave this one to son John when he became a Vet.  I may have had it on this blog before but it is pretty and worth another share.  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Not in Wyoming

"Not in Wyoming"  is a quilt originally much larger.  I cut it down because I liked the beach part and the big ocean took away from the beach.   It is now about 10"X12"  It hangs in our Crandall cabin.  A little reminder that we have beautiful mountains,  wonderful hiking, deer, lions, moose and bear. We even have a beach,  just not an ocean beach.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Old Trail Town quilt

The bunny is another thread painting.   The theme for this TAGY challenge was "Old Trail Town"  Lots of old log cabins, which are represented by the traditional looking log cabin block background,  the bunny,  after we all had visited, I was one of the last to leave Old Trail Town,  and the rabbits started coming out from under the porches and around the rocks.  So,  I used those as my inspiration.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Beautiful walk

I walk every morning,  and this is just one photo I have taken on that walk.   This was last fall but thought it worth a share.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Teton turns 10 years old this year.

She did not start out being our dog,  but when we brought her home,  she did belong with us.  We have learned a lot about Teton since she became part of our family. ( 6 years now) She loves to be brushed, she loves giving dog kisses,   she will "belly up" anytime and anywhere for a rub.  She whines when she wants something and when it is time for our morning walk, well she is the very best at howling.  She is loved and she is a sweet member of our fur family.  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Loving my morning walk

 I walk every morning, the same walk.  Sometimes with Russ, but every morning with our dogs.  It is always a good way to start the day. Always so beautiful.  Makes me start my day appreciating where I live.  

Thursday, March 2, 2017

'Where's my Mama?'

This is the companion piece to the 'Deep Sea Fishing' quilt I published last week.  This little guy 
is thread painted, and with a little paint I shadowed parts of the egg. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Deep sea fishing

This was the 1st quilt (but not the last) that I  totally took apart and re-did.  The Turtles were one side of a 2 sided quilt.  I think about 24" wide X 6ft long. Part of an exhibit called 'Under the Sea'   No place to hang a 6 ft quilt,  I took it apart. 
This one has a companion piece that is much smaller, (stay tuned, next week)  They are both thread painted, quilted and then attached to a canvas background.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

'Poor Baby Jackson'

This is a thread painting of my cat Jackson.  I adopted Jackson 10 years ago.  He had been brought into the vet clinic in very bad shape.  After 6-8 weeks of recovery at the vet, I brought him home.  The vet thought he was probably 2-3 years old at the time I adopted him.  So he is now probably about 12-13 years.  I have noticed he is pretty thinned down.  He is a lot more social.  Always needs to be sitting on me, or at least very near me.  He does not climb our 6 foot fence to hunt anymore.  He tolerates our dog Ruger and loves our dog Teton.  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

2nd HERstory quilt "Aretha"

 This is the 2nd quilt juried into the HERstory exhibit.   I titled it "Aretha"  because just that one name is recognizable around the world.  In my research I learned so much about this beautiful soul of a lady.  I am honored that my interpretation of her has been juried into this show.   Below is the close-up of her

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"Through the Lens"

 Dorothea Lange was a photographer that took photos during the "dust bowl "era and many of those from the Japanese/ American Internment.  I fell in love with her work when I curated an exhibit at The Heart Mountain Internment Center.  This quilt has been juried into the HERstory quilt exhibit.  The above photo is a close up.  Below the entire quilt.  this was a 1st for me,  a quilt in gradations of Black to White.  One of my all time favorites.

Stay tuned, next week the 2nd quilt that was juried into this HERstory quilt exhibit.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

NQA no more,

This was the last Sew Batik Challenge for the National Quilt Association I made.  I loved doing these challenges but the NQA is no more.  The moose and trees are thread painted.  Sometimes when I look at this piece the moose looks like it is turning toward me and other times it is just crossing, not an intentional optical illusion but a fun one. The blue water is the fabric that was required and furnished by the challenge.  The theme was "Down by the River"

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Again….White poppies

I know I have put this on my blog before but I think it worth another go.  I had started this many years ago, just a few years ago pulled it out to finish it.  

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Elephants at the zoo

This was a huge elephant at the zoo.  Was also a surprise when water squirted out of the trunk.  Funnier yet was that they got off the trunk to check it out and it would not squirt again.  Lots of fun was had that day.  

Thursday, January 5, 2017

1st part of November!!!

I was surprised when I walked out the backdoor to our yard and found this monarch butterfly.  We had had a frost, but not snow.  It was moving very slow which allowed me to pick it up.  When I sat it back down on the ground it flew away.  A pretty surprise.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

JANUARY 1, 2017

My goals for 2017

#1-  Paint every room in my house,  a last year goal.
#2-  Once again,  I would love to do more fiber art and I am including this on my #2 because these are both last year goals I felt I accomplished… blog blog blog.

#3-  Downsize everything,  our new home design is much smaller than this home.  So, although I have already started this goal,  I have a long way to go.  35 years in this home and I am not moving all of the nook and crannies full of stuff.
#4-  Plant lots of trees in Crandall,  I absolutely hate the view from our new home sight  of our neighbors, so trees are being planted.

#5-  Be kind to those that are not,  generous to those that are in need, understanding of those that differ in opinion. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

2017 OMGosh, time is flying by, but somethings just are not getting done

the list…….
  Blog blog blog,  I have let this go for way too long,  so my goal is to update here every week.
  I would like to create more of my  fiber art.     
  Be better at staying in touch with my family and friends.
  This might be silly but I do need to paint every room in our home.
 Last but not least,  have the official plans drawn up for out new home.
Seems like a do able list,  I think the hardest is paint this house!
The photo above is the view we will have from the front of our new home.  

This was my 2016 list of things I wanted to get done.  I do not make resolutions, so just wanted to get these things done.
This is how that list went

#1 Accomplished!!  You can see for yourself.

#2 Accomplished!!  I did 2 quilts for Fly me to the Moon exhibit,  2 quilts for the Heart Mountain exhibit,  I have made several just for me.  I finished the penny bear,  I still want it to be clear coated.  I have almost finished the "Where's Waldo bear,  I have 2 quilts I cannot show and tell that are hopefully juried into a show.

#3 NOT,  other than Facebook, and a few calls to my brother,  this I am still bad at.

#4  I painted one room, my kitchen,  I wanted it back to burgundy, chose the color wrong, it looks pink, hate it,  Have purchased the burgundy I want and have it on the "to do" list.  As well as the every other room in this house

#5  Accomplished,  yes we have the plans for our home drawn up.  It is going to be fun to watch that go t

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Our little eagles

This is a life size replica of an eagles nest.   Looks like that eagle is about to go in for a tasty dinner.  We did get to see the real thing, these birds are beautiful, and very large.  It was sad to see them gaged in the zoo. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Just shoes

The theme for this quilt was shoes.  I used a tulle and painted the shoes on it.  Placed it over the yellow and quilted it.  Was a fun experiment.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fun time at the Zoo

I love this photo.  We had such a good time in Utah.  We enjoyed the zoo for a good part of the day.  Took lots of photos and just had fun watching the excitement these two had seeing the large to tiny animals.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Textile Artist of the Greater Yellowstone Christmas Gift Exchange 2016

The envelope sewn into the binding of the book, below the page from the Heart Mountain Internment Center newsletter

This was fun,  I made a book for the exchange,  half way through making it I decided I really liked this and now have a 2nd in the process. 
To this one I added pages of different textured paper, some envelopes for photos or tickets. A page out of the Heart Mountain Internment Centers Newsletter, it made mention of our fiber exhibit we all donated. 

The finished book/ with all the different pages.

Thursday, December 1, 2016


This is Olivia, my Granddaughter.  I think she was about two years old at the time of my making this.  It is 12" X 12".  Her favorite color was and still is pink. So she is pink.  

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Christmas at our Home, (thank you Dad!)

My Dad's Christmas Cactus has been blooming for weeks now, and does not seem to be slowing down.  This is a very large plant that sits on the East side of my living room in front of the patio door.  I love it,  it reminds me of my Dad all year long  with just the bonus when it blooms.  

Thursday, November 17, 2016

This will hang in my new home!!

This is one of my favorite quilts.  This quilt was started probably more than 10 years ago.  I had thought I would make it into a quilt for the bed but once I pulled it out to work on it, I decided it would look best as a wall quilt.  The photos below are a few close ups of three of the blocks.  A UFO done!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hunter Peak Fire…...

The fire across the road from our Crandall Property.  We started on our garage and this was a pretty common view for the long weekend we were up there.   The mountain looks dark but I think that was because it was in shadow, at the bottom of that dark we watched firefighters clear wood, brush, trim trees and put in portable ponds of water to save all the homes that are there.  Fortunately, the fire was soon contained and all those cabins/ homes were safe.  Our property and future home is across the road from this fire, just a few weeks before this, Whit Creek Fire could be seen from our home 6 miles from Cody.  Worry, worry worry! 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ahhhh… a straight up rainbow!

Today is my brother John's Birthday.  He would be 63 years old. (I think)  Sometimes I really believe that those that have gone before us are speaking to us.  I hear the song "Dance" and I think of my sister,  I see a heart, and I do find many rock shaped hearts, which I cannot resist picking up, those I think of my Mom.  My Dad, it is the raven flying high above my head.  But the rainbow is my brother John,  seems he can brighten the darkest days for me with a rainbow.  Are the dead talking?  I believe!!  This one is aimed straight up to the heavens.